The fact and fiction of Nicolas Sarkozy's claims against Mediapart

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On Thursday evening this week, the day after he had been placed under investigation by three judges for “illicit funding of an electoral campaign”, “receiving and embezzling public funds” from Libya and “passive corruption”, former French president Nicolas Sarkozy appeared in a live studio interview on the flagship news programme of French TV channel TF1 in an attempt to discredit evidence suggesting he received funds for his 2007 presidential election campaign from the regime of late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.